I just posted about the Amazon Kindle iPhone application availability and now I'll take you on a walk through the software and let you also see how it works with a Kindle 2 device. As you can see in my image gallery the software is easy to use and gives you all your Kindle ebook content on the iPhone. I am not sure if Newspapers or magazines are not supported yet, but plan to try that out soon as well. You can see in the video how the Whispersync technology keeps the Kindle 2 and iPhone in sync so no matter where you are or what device you have with you at the moment (Kindle or iPhone) you can always maintain your current location in your book.
|Image Gallery:Check out 22 screenshots of the Amazon Kindle iPhone software in use on my iPhone.|
The AMAZING feature is the Whispersync technology that will now allow you to read on your Kindle and then hit the road and read on your iPhone while maintaining the exact same place in the selected book. This is HUGE for me, and others too I am sure, since I have my phone with me at ALL times while my Kindle is not always with me. I imagine I will be reading a lot more books and this is good for me and Amazon since I will also probably be buying more books.
While Kindle and iPhone owners like myself will greatly appreciate this new software, it will be interesting to see how other ebook fans currently using clients like eReader or Stanza will use this software. The major benefit of using the Amazon service is you should be able to get full access to the Amazon library of over 200,000 ebooks. I don't think the software alone is what is appealing, but the functionality when combined with a Kindle and the ebook catalog are what sets it apart.
You can save bookmarks, but it doesn't appear that notes or annotations are supported with the current software. Magazines and newspapers also do not appear to be supported at this time. You cannot read books in landscape mode and there are no custom options for text or backgrounds colors. This is version 1.0 of the software so Amazon may add lots more functionality to it later. I am still impressed, primarily with the ease of accessing my library and the Whispersync capability.
BTW, people have asked me and YES you can use this without owning a Kindle. You buy the books via a computer web browser and they are sent to your iPhone/iPod touch.
Are you as excited about this as I am? Will this energize the ebook market?